Photographic Quotes and Links

The photographer is an armed version of the solitary walker, reconnoitring, stalking, cruising the urban inferno, the voyeuristic stroller who discovers the city as a landscape of voluptuous extremes” – Susan Sontag, On Photography

The Delight Of Seeing is a fantastic photographic blog with posts of everything and anything photographic. Amazing source of information and more importantly, inspiration.

The camera is an instrument that teaches people to see without a camera” – Dorothea Lange

Who also is quoted saying:

For me documentary photography is less a matter of subject and more a matter of approach. The important thing is not what’s photographed, but how….. My own approach is based upon three considerations. First – hands off! Whatever I photograph I do not molest or tamper with or arrange. Second – a sense of place. Whatever I photograph I try to picture as part of its surroundings, as having roots. Third – a sense of time. Whatever I photograph I try to show as having its position in the past or in the present. But beyond these three things, the only thing I keep in mind is that – well, there it is, that quotation, pinned up on my darkroom door:

The contemplation of things as they are

without error or confusion

without substitution or imposture

is in itself a nobler thing than a whole harvest of invention”

– Francis Bacon

Magnum Photo Essays–  Beautiful and dramatic photographic narratives.

David Birkin – Hold – One of many of his stirring photographic essays.

All images copyright Ketakii Jewson-Brown

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No Matter

I walk a proud line

On this stretch of shore

Dragging driftwood behind me

Carving my mark through the wet sand

No matter that the tide will come and wash it away

No matter, my line is strong, my mark is deep, my head is high

No matter

No matter

No matter

I stand tall and firm

On this piece of earth, on this here my patch of dirt

Spreading roots deep and wide beneath

Branches nimble yet strong above

No matter that the ground will shake my bones and the wind will howl through my hair

No matter, my core is solid, my stance is bound, my aim is clear, my vision unique

No matter

No matter

No matter

I dream bold

In all the colours of the rainbow

Growing wiser by the second

Trusting instinct more than ever before

No matter that reality may crash this party at any moment

No matter that others dream in different tones and hues

No matter, this here dream is mine and mine alone

No matter

No matter

No matter

No matter, only energy

And my energy is love personified.

Inspiration. Lost and Found.

So after my last post I am happy and a little excited about finding my mojo again so quickly. My inspiration, motivation and discipline had gone walk about for a little hiatus only to return just when I needed them most. We embraced warmly and then went inside for bikkies and tea. So in honour of their return this here post is all about inspiration and what inspires me.

Lovely Vision

From the pits of what I think was despair

Overwhelmed by it all

I now find myself

Ecstatic

Small moments of pure

Elation

Just being

Loving

Living

Loving

Life

There is beauty in the everyday

In close to every way

Blinding light

Follows blinding dark

Stop looking

and you will see

My vision restored

If only momentarily.

Music that inspires – Ben Howard-Only Love , Kings of Leon-End, Flying Lotus-Tealeaf Dancers, Didier Squiban-Molene, Xavier Rudd-Follow the Sun

Photographers I love – Katrin Koenning, Trente Parke, Mischa Keijser, Iain McKell

Books that I inhale (sometimes more than once) – The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran – a man before his time. The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy – this lady can write! Anything by Isabel Allende – This woman can write! The Art of Possibility by Benjamin and Rosamund Zander – This book will change your life!

There are so many areas that I draw inspiration from that I will touch on in another blog in the future. For now, check out some or all of the above to give you an inspired day…. one step at a time into an inspired existence. Big love.

Be yourself and inspire others.